Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
“Isn't that what stories do, make real things fake, and fake things real?''
Finally,after reading the description again,i decided to give this book a chance.Don't ask why i waited until now,but i guess i had a feeling that maybe i have to postpone it a little.And now?Well,i was curious..so.
But,let's just say that it wasn't exaclty like i expected .
The story ,they way it started and how everything happened step by step made me believe that something incredible coud happen,but at some point i accepted the fact that this won't be like i expected.It was incredible,but in a small dose and everything was complicated.What i liked was the fact that this story was written from two characters point of view.It helped me understand more about what was happening and what both sides where thinking.
Kestrel never thought that her life could change in one second.But it did ,after she buys a slave from the auction.From that moment everything changes step by step until the moment when Kestrel realized that she made a mistake.
But Kestrel's world wasn't easy at all.
In this book there were Herrani and Valorians people.The Herrani became slaves after the Valorians conquered their lands.
You want to know what i hated the most about this book?The fact that there were slaves.Herrani slaves.I do not agree with that!And imagined my reaction after the slave bought by Kestrel manages to do the unthinkable.
“Arin smiled. It was a true smile, which let her know that all the others he had given her were not.”
I wish that i could say that i loved this book,but i can't.I wanted more action and i wanted Kestrel to be more badass.Well,that doesn't mean i disliked her..Huh.
Kestrel,despite her brilliant mind,was okay.I mean she was a fighter ,but when i've read the first time the description i expected more from here.I'm a little dissapointed.But in a way she did everything she could to protect herself .To choose between joining the military or get married..Well,Kestrel had to choose one..But the end of the book?Made me think that maybe in the next book Kestrel will be different.
“My soul is yours", he said. "You know that it is.”
In every single book i read i always find an character that plays with my mind-confuses me and makes me wonder what the hell he/she was doing exactly.This time,i'm talking about Arin.At the beginning i didn't know what to think about Arin.He was the slave bought by Kestrel at the auction.Silent,but always alert.Hard to read.Until the moment when he starts to reveal a little about his plans.He was the only character i liked a lot,even if he was a slave..I liked to read how he was trying to hide his emotion ,or how he tried to protect Kestrel.
But despite my dissapointment in Kestrel,i loved the fact that they had something in common:music.Something that bound them together and made them happy.
There were a few characters that i liked:Jess and Ronan.I admit that Jess annoyed me at first ,but step by step i started to ignore that and i liked her because she was loyal to Kestrel.And Ronan?Even if i didn't read a lot about him,i got the impression that he would do anything for Kestrel.And he was charming.
“The snow fell on her, it fell on him, but Kestrel knew that no single flake could ever touch them both. She didn’t look back when he spoke again. “You don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you.”
And imagine my reaction after something huge happen between the Herrani people and Valorians.The battles.The betrayal.Alot of ups and downs.But still,even that made me wish for more.But the end?Kestrel way of showing Arin that she didn't want the Herrani people dead or slaves again,broke my heart,because she agreed to something that it was't fair.
I admit that at some point i didn't know what to believe,whose side to choose or what to expect next.I wanted to know more and i hoped it to be good.It was,but not how i expected.But that doesn;t mean i won't read the next book..Nope.I will read the next book,because i want to know more.I want to see what will happen with Arin and Kestrel.Or with Jess and Ronan.
You can find my review on Goodreads: The Winner's Curse.